God Bless the Child: The Very Best of Billie Holiday

God Bless the Child: The Very Best of Billie Holiday

God Bless the Child: The Very Best of Billie Holiday

God Bless the Child: The Very Best of Billie Holiday


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It's easy to call any collection "The Very Best Of" and mislead naïve listeners into believing the claim until they take the record home and give it a spin, and find it was compiled of dead dogs or substandard material licensed by some shoddy label to make a buck. Not so with this fine 14-cut collection by Sony/BMG Legacy, God Bless the Child: The Very Best of Billie Holiday, which certainly makes a convincing argument for the claim. While it begins with a 1941 performance of the title track, with Roy Eldridge, Jimmy Powell, Grachan Moncur, Eddie Heywood, and Herbert Cowans in the band, it goes backward to 1935 when she fronted the Teddy Wilson Orchestra for a historic session that yielded three classic performances, including "I Wished on the Moon." Her association with Wilson continues into 1936 with one cut, "I Cried for You," featuring Jonah Jones, Wilson, Harry Carney, and Cozy Cole in the band. The version of "Billie's Blues" included here is the original recorded take from 1937 with Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw, and Joe Bushkin. Of course, "Easy Living" is included here, with Holiday once more fronting Wilson's band, which in 1937 included Buck Clayton, Walter Page, Jo Jones, and the great saxophonist Lester Young. Other performances that make this set an amazing buy for the price include "My Man" from 1937; "Some Other Spring" with Charlie Shavers and Tab Smith; "Body and Soul" from 1940; "I Cover the Waterfront" from 1941; and one of the most haunting vocal tunes in the history of jazz, "Gloomy Sunday" with the Wilson band -- featuring J.C. Heard on drums -- from 1942. These 14 tunes give an overview of Holiday at her peak and will certainly inspire listeners to dig deeper into her catalog.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/01/2006
Label: Sony
UPC: 0828768174326
catalogNumber: 81743
Rank: 12287


  1. God Bless the Child
  2. I Wished on the Moon
  3. What a Little Moonlight Can Do
  4. Miss Brown to You
  5. I Cried for You
  6. Billie's Blues
  7. Easy Living
  8. My Man
  9. Some Other Spring
  10. Them There Eyes
  11. Body and Soul
  12. Solitude
  13. I Cover the Waterfront
  14. Gloomy Sunday

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billie Holiday   Primary Artist,Vocals
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Casey   Guitar
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Eddie Heywood   Piano
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Jo Jones   Drums
Jonah Jones   Trumpet
John Kirby   Bass
Artie Shaw   Clarinet
Tab Smith   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Bushkin   Piano
Cozy Cole   Drums
Vido Musso   Tenor Saxophone
Babe Russin   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Grachan Moncur   Bass
Walter Page   Bass
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Lester Boone   Alto Saxophone
Paul Chapman   Guitar
Eddie Dougherty   Drums
Gene Fields   Guitar
Carl Frye   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet
J.C. Heard   Drums
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Jimmy Powell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Hymie Schertzer   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Kermit Scott   Tenor Saxophone
John Trueheart   Guitar
Sonny White   Piano
John Williams [double bass]   Bass
Kenneth Hollon   Tenor Saxophone
Dick McDonough   Guitar
Herbert Cowans   Drums
Prince Robinson   Tenor Saxophone
Pete Peterson   Bass
Ernie Powell   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Stanley Payne   Tenor Saxophone
Hal West   Drums

Technical Credits

John Hammond   Audio Production
Irving Mills   Composer
Abe Lyman   Composer
Dorothy Parker   Composer
Gus Arnheim   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Jacques Charles   Composer
Channing Pollack   Composer
Doris Tauber   Composer
William Tracey   Composer
Maurice Yvain   Composer
Rezsö Seress   Composer
Irene Kitchings   Composer
László Jávor   Composer
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